- January 31st, 2010
I’m three days into the United Way Hunger Challenge and I have $59.83 left to spend. Good thing too, since tonight is Jonas’ birthday, and I have to at least make it somewhat special, which led me down an entirely different train of thought. We agreed to do this challenge despite having several events (like a birthday) this week that would be tricky to work around. I recall feeling a bit miffed at the beginning of the week, thinking “couldn’t it have been a different week?” and oscillating over whether to actually go through with it.
Well midway through the challenge I look back at my three-day-ago self with disdain. There are people who have to scrape together for kids birthdays, spouses anniversaries, holidays and the like on the budget I was given for a week only they have to do it 365 days a year. What kind of little princess bitch am I that I mumble and moan feeling sorry for my family when we only have to do this for five days? And we are doing it voluntarily at that? And I’m writing about it and documenting it for my blog, which is an even further luxury? The bright side is that in three short days I’ve learned to be a humbler person, and to appreciate my lot in life. In fact, if everyone like me were to live on slightly more moderate means there would surely be more to go around, but that’s a different matter entirely.